Aaron during the Smucker's Skating Spectacular at the 2013 United States Figure Skating Championships
|Country represented||United States|
February 25, 1992 |
|Home town||Scottsdale, Arizona|
|Residence||Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Former coach||Julie Patterson
|Former choreographer||Tom Dickson
|Skating club||Broadmoor SC|
|ISU personal best scores|
Max Aaron (born February 25, 1992) is an American figure skater. He is the 2013 U.S. national champion, the 2011 U.S. national junior champion, and the 2012 and 2013 U.S. International Classic champion.
Aaron began skating as a speed skater at age four, and took up figure skating at age nine to improve his skating. He competed in the USA Hockey nationals in both 2006 and 2007. In hockey, he played U18 AA, the highest level for ages 18 and under, and was one of 80 youngsters to make the USA hockey development team in 2007. He led his league in goals and penalties for two years.
In figure skating, at the same time, he finished in 5th place on the novice level at the US championships in 2006. In 2007, he finished in 13th place on the junior level at the U.S. Championships.
He continued to compete in all three sports until 2008. That year, he fractured his back, fracturing the right and left of his L5 lumbar vertebrae, had to spend four months in a body cast and seven months in mental hospital, and was required to stay off the ice for a year.
He later moved from Scottsdale, Arizona, where he had skated at Alltell Ice Den, to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to train at the Broadmoor Skating Club and the World Arena. There, he picked Tom Zakrajsek as his head coach, and Christy Krall on some small techniques. Zakrajsek describes Aaron as a strong jumper who jumps high, skates very fast with tremendous power, and has the ability to compete very closely to what he trains.
2010–present; US Championship
A year after his back injury, during the 2009–10 season, Aaron won the bronze medal at the U.S. national junior championships. In 2011, he won a silver medal at the SBC Cup in Karuizawa, Japan. He then won the national junior title, while at the same championships his younger sister Madeline won the novice pairs title with her partner and his older sister Molly finished in 11th place in senior pairs. He then competed in the 2011 World Junior Championships in Gangneung, South Korea, and placed 5th.
At the age of 20 years old, Aaron won the 2013 U.S. Championships. He opened his “West Side Story” free skate with a quad (a figure skating jump with four or more, but fewer than five, revolutions) Salchow jump (a jump with a takeoff from a back inside edge of one foot, a rotation in the air made in the direction of the curve of the take-off edge, and a landing on the back outside edge of the foot opposite the one used for take-off, with perhaps one or more rotations in the air)-double toe and a quad Salchow. He ended his program with six triple jumping passes in bonus time. He finished with 255 points overall, ahead of silver medalist Ross Miner and three-time winner Jeremy Abbott.
Aaron made his GP debut at 2013 Skate America. After falling in the short program, he was in sixth place. He placed second in the free, though, and pulled up to the win the bronze medal behind winner Tatsuki Machida and silver medalist Adam Rippon.
Aaron was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, to Mindy, a nurse, and Neil, a pediatrician. His younger sister Madeline (2013 US junior bronze medalist) and older sister Molly have also competed in figure skating.
I grew up looking to all those Jewish athletes for inspiration. I always thought the list needed to be longer. We needed to have a stronger representation of Jewish athletes, and I’m so happy that I’m part of them now.
Aaron graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School in 2010, where he received the Principal's List Award and was on honor roll for four years. He currently studies at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, where he is considering a major in business.
|Season||Short program||Free skating||Exhibition|
|GP NHK Trophy||7th|
|GP Skate America||3rd|
|Coupe de Nice||2nd|
|U.S. Champ.||3rd J.||1st J.||8th||1st|
|Midwest. Sect.||2nd J.|
|Southwest. Reg.||1st J.||1st J.|
|World Team Trophy||1T / 4P|
|GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; J. = Junior level
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.
|National or North American|
|U.S. Championships||5th N.||13th J.|
|U.S. Jr. Championships||1st Ju.||3rd I.|
|NACS, Pittsburgh||8th N.|
|Midwestern Sectionals||8th J.|
|Pacific Coast Sect.||2nd N.||1st J.|
|Southwest Pacific Reg.||9th Ju.||1st Ju.||1st I.||1st N.||2nd J.|
|Levels: Ju. = Juvenile; I. = Intermediate; N. = Novice; J. = Junior|
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- "Max AARON: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 20, 2013.
- "Max AARON: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 5, 2011.
- "Competition Results: Max AARON". International Skating Union.
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